FOOD & BEVERAGE | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Food delivery industry supported 48,000 jobs during pandemic

The industry earned $8b in revenue.

The food delivery industry made huge contributions to Hong Kong economy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting a total of 48,000 jobs and earning $8b in revenue for partner restaurants, according to a survey by Deliveroo.

With the borders closed, many restaurants that cater to tourists have to downsize or completely shut down their operations.

Government-mandated social distancing also cuts down on restaurant capacity and dine-in hours, which resulted in a 48% drop in gross value for the F&B and hospitality industry.

However, with the help of the food delivery industry, a lot of restaurants remained afloat, Deliveroo noted. The survey showed that 31% of employees in restaurants continued to work because of delivery services.

The resturant sector accounts for 0.3 million jobs in Hong Kong, representing a total of 8% of all employment in the city, and 3.2% of Hong Kong’s gross value.

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